QOTD: Christopher Hays on Evangelical Scholarship

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If one comes to think that there may be historical inaccuracies in the scriptural documents, then one is compelled to trudge down the slope, to assess the accuracy of the historical claims of the Bible, not as an apostasy from or assault on Christianity, but in the service of Christianity. This is a labour done through historical criticism; this has been the intention of many historical critics. But the long hiatus of evangelical biblical scholarship from the historical-critical fray means that historical criticism still appears threatening to us. As such, it is the goal of [Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism] to illustrate that historical criticism need not imperil any of the fundamental dogmatic tenets of Christianity.Evangelical Faith and the Challenge of Historical Criticism, 5.

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